I have a small hand bell, purchased at an estate sale. It measures 4 inches high and 2.75 inches wide. It has raised numbers, 1811, off center on the front of the bell. No other marking that I can find. I think it is brass, there is green pantina on it. I have searched for the origin of this bell without any luck. Can you help?
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If you go to the box at the top of the page that says “Search” in it, type in “Mexican”, and click on the word “search,” you’ll find links to all of the postings on the “Bell Talk” forum that talk about Mexican souvenir-type bells. It could make for some interesting reading and, possibly, you may be able to find answers to most of your questions.